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Teen sentenced to seven years for murdering newlyweds in street assault shooting, also accused of double murder at Oakland house party

OAKLAND — A suspected Oakland gang member was sentenced to seven years in juvenile detention last year for shooting a man from a car and killing him. announced that it had asked to be prosecuted as

Oakland resident Sergio Morales Jacques, 18, was killed in the shooting death of 30-year-old Lienhart “Tiago” Asuncion on September 18, 2022, according to a news release from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. age) was handed down. Police filed a petition with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office to try Morales-Jacques as an adult with more severe criminal penalties, but the county attorney’s office rejected the request in March, according to a news release.

Morales Jacques pleaded guilty to the murder charge, knowing he could face up to seven years in prison, authorities said. According to state law, he could be released on probation sooner for good behavior.

Morales-Jacques has been identified as a suspect in the shooting deaths of brothers Jazy Sotero Garcia, 17, and Angel Sotero Garcia, 15, who were murdered at a house party in Oakland on October 1, 2022. was nominated to . Morales-Jacques has not been charged in the shooting, but prosecutors have identified one of the other suspected shooters, an 18-year-old who was a month away from turning 18 when his brother was killed. Indicted Joaquin Godoy.

godoy is indicted in juvenile court in April. Prosecutors say they mistook the Sotero brothers (who were not gang members and attended Berkeley High School) for rivals and opened fire at a party along with at least one other suspected shooter.

Authorities claim Morales-Jacques and Godoy are members of the same group of Norteño gangs.

Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price, who took office last January, ran for office on a reform platform that promised not to try minors as adults. So far, she has lived up to her campaign promises, but her office is not immediately calling for the 20-year-old to be extradited to juvenile court on suspicion of involvement in the murder. Two children in Union Cityat age 17.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Asuncion was shot on Llewelling Boulevard near Hesperian Boulevard in unincorporated San Lorenzo. Police said Morales Jacques had fled in a stolen car after killing Asuncion. Authorities described the shooting as a “road assault” but did not provide further details.

Asunción, who had recently been married, was on a video call with his wife when he was shot on his way to the grocery store, reports said. GoFundMe page for him. The page describes him as “selfless, caring and loving to his friends and family.”

Morales-Jacques was indicted in a juvenile court for the murder of Asuncion in November 2022, during the tenure of former District Attorney Nancy O’Malley. Police said he was already in jail at the time on suspicion of hiding an assault rifle in a guitar case.

Staff writer Harry Harris contributed to the report

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